I am a philosopher at the University of Oxford, based at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. I studied in Italy, at the University of Milan, and I worked for a few years in Australia before coming back to this side of the world. I work mostly in bioethics, which is why most philosophers would not consider me one of them. But I do consider practical ethics one of the most important areas of philosophy. I have mostly worked on issues around public health ethics - and mostly vaccination ethics - since I moved to Oxford four years ago. But I have done work on other topics such as the ethics of quarantine, of human enhancement, of conscientious objection in healthcare, of abortion, of moral disgust, of meat consumption and antibiotic resistance. They all basically revolve around the question of how we should deal with new technologies, healthcare options, and threats to our health.
Who should get the vaccine first?
It's a question that's on the lips of politicians, scientists and policy-makers right across the globe - who should get the COVID-19 vaccine first? Should it be the elderly and clinically vulnerable, healthcare professionals and other frontline workers, or another group entirely? We chat to Dr Alberto Giubilini, a philosopher at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, about why this...